With little immediate sign of an end to the violence in Syria, despite UN envoy Kofi Annan’s best efforts to broker a ceasefire, exiled opposition groups have told euronews they fear the worst.
‘‘The Syrian National Council’s power is growing. That, in turn, has led to an increase in government violence. The number of victims has risen. There are more and more wounded, as well as prisoners. The Annan plan has not achieved what we would have liked. In fact, today, there is no shortage of initiatives, but these are having very little effect on the ground,’‘ Syrian National Council member Bassem Hatahet said.
The opposition insists it still remains committed to the Annan peace plan, but government forces have not withdrawn from key flashpoints.
The Syrian National Council’s representative in Brussels, Georges Chachan, said hopes are now resting with an upcoming peace conference in Paris.
‘‘The reality is, up to now the Annan plan has not be able to find a solution to end the violence in Syria. Despite several international conferences regarding the crisis, thousands continue to be killed or flee the country. The Syrian people and also the opposition hope the next conference in Paris will be able to come up with what is needed to end the violence,’‘ Chachan said.
Other Syrian opposition figures also called on world powers to take a strong stand. Speaking in Geneva, Basma Kodmani, spokeswoman for the opposition Syrian National, said an international arms embargo on Damascus should be imposed if the UN ceasefire plan failed.